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Cian Bolger
Full nameCian Bolger
NationalityIrl Republic of Ireland
Rovers apps (goals)a48 (2)
PositionDefender
Date of birth12 March 1992
in County Kildare
Height6 ft 4 in
Joined
17 January 2011 from Leicester City (loan)
11 July 2011 from Leicester City (loan)
31 August 2012 from Leicester City (loan)
Left
16 March 2011 to join Leicester City
6 May 2012 to join Leicester City
1 January 2013 to join Leicester City
Senior clubs
Leicester City
Bristol Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 23/05/2013

Cian Bolger joined Rovers initially on a month's loan from Leicester City in the middle of January 2011. He is a central defender who came through the academy system at Leicester, and hadn't made any senior appearances by the time he moved to Bristol, but had picked up The Foxes' academy player of the year award in 2009.

He played four times during his first month, and although he scored an own goal and was sent off in that period his loan was extended for a second month. He played twice more after his loan extension, but was sent back to Leicester on 16 March. Both Byron Anthony and Danny Coles had become available for selection by this point after having been injured, so it was felt there was no need to Bolger to remain.

A second move to Rovers followed for the duration of the 2011–12 season. For the duration of this spell Bolger was a regular in the starting lineup, making 38 starts and one substitute appearance in the league, following which he earned a call up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 squad for matches against Denmark and Italy in late May and early June 2012.

He joined Rovers for a third time on loan at the end of August 2012, Leicester agreeing to a four month long stay, but he was limited to just three league appearances and one in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy thanks to him being injured and unavailable for selection for the majority of his stay. Following his return to Leicester early in 2013, Rovers boss John Ward made an offer to sign him permanently, but this was rejected by The Foxes.

CareerEdit

Cian made his first appearance in senior football while on loan at Bristol Rovers, coming on as a 78th-minute replacement for Carl Regan in a 6–1 drubbing at the hands of Walsall on 29 January 2011, after having been an unused substitute for the two previous matches. He returned to Leicester on 16 March having made four starts and two substitute appearances for The Pirates. Two more loan spells were to follow, where he made 39 league appearances in the 2011–12 season and three in 2012–13.

Following an unsuccessful attempt to sign him from Leicester by Rovers, he was picked up by Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee on 31 January 2013, where he signed a 3½-year contract.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2010–11Leicester City 00
2010–11Bristol Rovers (loan)60
2011–12Leicester City 00
2011–12Bristol Rovers (loan)392
2012–13Leicester City 00
2012–13Bristol Rovers (loan)30
2012–13Bolton Wanderers 00

Record against RoversEdit

Cian has not played any games against Bristol Rovers.

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